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Bassville_Usa
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 01:20 PM 12/04/09 (CST)
Many of us who focus on the DNR Budget and financial issues, think it may be time to raise license fees. The way it works is that about every ten years the fee needs to be adjusted. This usually means a good revenue stream for about five years and then a weakening stream for the next five. I'm thinking we are at a place where we may need to take action to for an increase. The DNR really can't take an active role in fostering this type of legislation, as it becomes to political for a State Agency to do so. What are your thoughts?

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 02:33 PM 12/04/09 (CST)
It's gonna be tough to convince people of a price increase while our economy is in the shape that it's in.

Personally, when I think about my MN fishing license I'm not that worried about a slight increase. But then I think about whenever I go out of state and how I often want to pick up a license but feel I'm being ripped off so I don't.

Prices get to high and out of stater anglers may decrease. If that's the case we only lose funding instead of gaining..

I'm on the fence with this one. It would take some good clear stats and facts to convince me.



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:17 PM 12/04/09 (CST)
I guess when you consider all the other aspects of a typical fishing trip: gas, bait, food, etc, etc..the price of a MN resident license is pretty cheap entertainment. If you figure out how many times you use that license in the course of a year, both open and hard water, the cost per trip/per license is pretty minute when all other things are considered.

In my opinion, I could live with an increase as long as the quality of the fishing in general stays the same or increases. As other products/services in our society today are increasing in cost, inevitably so will ALL license fees as well.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 03:27 AM 12/06/09 (CST)
That is a tough one, especially when the DNR just started the Conservation individual angling license at $11.00 and non-resident lic. at $39.50. Like Logan stated we don't want to price our self out of a fishing destination and those vacation dollars (hard enough with being a 1 line limit state next to others with multiple line regs). I see the need to be pro-active on keeping up with inflation and cost of just maintaining our high quality fisheries but after I get done buying all my licenses for the year, Sports - individual (r) $ 29.50 + Trout stamp $10 and then the hunting licenses/stamps... it gets to be quite a bill at the end of the year. But I still think it is worth it, and would support an increase to keep the quality, improvements and the ever increasing cost of battling invasive species. I do enjoy being outdoors, the exercise is good and it puts food on the table, unlike other hobbies I've had over the years. But it can be difficult to convince "new-comers" to the sporting world (especially the younger generation) that it is money better spent then on a new video game and a pizza or concert tickets.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:54 PM 12/07/09 (CST)
Trust me, they'll stick it to the out-of-staters like me tongue smiley Its the easiest thing to do b/c out-of-staters don't vote. As some of you know I live in Florida and the highest taxes here are on hotel rooms and rental cars, b/c tourists use the vast majority of both and they don't vote locally. That's also, however, why there is no state income tax smile smiley

Seriously, I am never ooposed to small increases so that there is no sticker shock in 5-10 years and an increase is needed. I probably spend $150 a year on licenses between my Florida ones (freshwater + saltwater + pay for both of my wife's) and my MN out-of-state annual family, and I'm fine w/that, its a small price to pay to help perserve a resource that I use quite a bit.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:18 AM 12/08/09 (CST)
"That is a tough one, especially when the DNR just started the Conservation individual angling license at $11.00 "

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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:07 PM 12/11/09 (CST)
No increase in license, but make the Walleye stamp mandatory instead of voluntary. So many resident anglers and visitors are primarily targeting eater size Walleyes, that should generate a pretty good revenue stream.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:45 PM 12/11/09 (CST)
Not a bad idea, making the walleye stamp mandatory. A lot of state money is spent on stocking walleyes.
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 02:50 PM 12/13/09 (CST)
In my opinion it's about time for a fishing license fee increase. The way to keep outstate people coming to Minnesota is not to keep fees low but to increase fishing quality. Minnesota has some of the highest quality walleye, and muskie fishing in the country. This can only be continued by proper funding. The idea to make the walleye stamp mandatory for all walleye anglers is also good. A mandatory muskie/ northern stamp for all anglers of those species would be a good idea as well. The funds from those stamps must be put into dedicated accounts for those species. Dave
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 07:49 PM 12/13/09 (CST)
I'd like to see licenses available for fishing with two poles during open-water season. The state could charge an extra $20 or so to address whatever impact the additional pole would have on the resource. If we want more tourist dollars and more kids fishing, increasing the action would be a good place to start.
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